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Shakespeare In Love 2 Is A Real Thing That's Really Happening!

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Shakespeare In Love 2?! Yea verily!

Not a lot of movies get sequels 15 years after the fact, but we are talking about a love story 400 years in the making.

But why now?

The Weinstein Company and Miramax, the two alike-in-dignity houses that brought us the 1998 Best Picture Oscar winner, have reunited, and now they're bringing the Bard back for some Electric Boogaloo.

So we have to ask… really??

Is Shakespeare going to fall in love with a girl dressed as a guy again? Once is romantic, but twice just seems like a pattern! LOLz!

We guess we're willing to give it a shot. Even Henry IV had a sequel.

Besides, we do have a great idea about who could play the leading lady/man…Anne Hathaway, anyone??

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Everything's Coming Up Digital! Netflix To Feature Hundreds of Streaming Miramax Movies!

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What are DVDs again? Those are the things that came after VHS, right???

Looks like actual rental discs will soon become a thing of the past as studios go digital, such as Miramax who's closed a multi-year deal, which will add hundreds of the studio's films to Netflix's ever-expanding roster of streaming movies.

The deal is reportedly worth over $100 million, and it is NOT Netflix-exclusive…so don't be surprised if you also see Miramax joining forces with Blockbuster Amazon in the near future!

Here's what Miramax CEO Mike Lang had to say about the deal:

"From day one, we’ve been very clear about the importance of digital and our desire to respond to the significant pent-up demand for our films — delivering to consumers whenever and wherever they want. This agreement is an important first step in our digital strategy. Netflix has always been a trailblazer, with a tremendous track record of innovation and quality customer service. We’re thrilled to now be in business with them as we build and revitalize the proud Miramax brand."

Pret-ty cool! We've been craving some vintage Matt Damon! Digital Good Will Hunting, here we come! LOLz.

What do U think about this new deal between Miramax and Netflix? Team Digital or Team DVDs?

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Kevin Smith Tweets About Clerks 3 And Other Potential Sequels

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Yesterday, we reported on a new deal by The Weinstein Company and Miramax where they'll be sequelizing a bunch of their hit/classic films.

Given his track record with both companies, it's no surprise that Kevin Smith chose to share his thoughts on the possibility of Clerks III and other Jay and Silent Bob sequels.

Here's what he had to say about it on his Twitter:

"…I sold the movie [Clerks] to them in 1994. But I guess if someone was going to exploit the library for sequels, remakes, tv, I'd rather it be the devil I know. Nice to know there's a home for Clerks III if I ever wanted to make it, but hope it doesn't become a home for a Clerks-anything if I'm not involved."

More from Kevin:

"Either way, I doubt my shit is even something they wanna re-do/remake. They own Clerks, Chasing Amy, Jersey Girl and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. But then it's further complicated by the Jay & Silent Bob of it all. They don't own Jay & Silent Bob; I do. They own Strike Back, but they can't make any flick that'd include Jay & Silent Bob (even a Strike Back sequel) without my permission/license.

The only flick they own free & clear of me with no ties whatsoever, is Jersey Girl. And from personal experience, there's little to no interest in a sequel or remake, unless it opens with JLo's dead Mom busting out of her earthen grave, trampling her only begotten daughter's copy of a Necronomicon as she eats her brains. If they wanna do THAT Jersey Girl sequel, I'm totally in. But honestly, all those flicks are theirs to do with as they will. I can't (and won't) complain. At least the Guardians of Ga'Harvey are still in place, looking out for the dopey little (f)art flicks I made so long ago."

LOLs! This is HIGHlarious, Kevin!

We'd LOVE to see THAT Jersey Girl sequel! Sounds amazing!

Would U like to see Kevin Smith's movies get the sequel treatment?

…Snooch to the nooch.

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Weinstein Company And Miramax Sign Deal For Sacrilegious Sequels

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Do you REALLY feel the need to ruin the integrity of these classic/hit films, Miramax and Weinsteins? You're both better than this or so we thought.

The Weinstein Company and Miramax have announced a major partnership to create sequels for classic/hit films that the Weinsteins made with Miramax before they parted ways.

Films that are being prepped for unnecessary sequels include Shakespeare In Love, Bad Santa, Swingers, Rounders, and Bridget Jones's Diary again.

Here's what the Weinsteins said about this deal in a statement:

"We are very close to these films and the new management of Miramax also feels that we are in the best position to create sequels that are at once worthy and compelling in their own right."

If you want to mess with Bad Santa or Rounders…fine…but Shakespeare in Love and Swingers are classics!

…And you should know better than to make ANOTHER sequel to Bridget Jones's Diary. We seriously don't need it.

Thoughts???

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Rob Lowe's Big Career Shift! Will He Succeed At Being A Studio Exec??

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This is a huge transition for him! We wonder how he'll fare!

As we've reported, Rob Lowe is branching off from him usual acting ventures to become a "creative partner" at the recently sold Miramax Films!

Lowe says in a statement:

"The acquisition of a classic brand like Miramax is an exciting first step in my partnership with Tom Barrack and Colony Capital. This represents an exciting new chapter for me."

Last week, Disney finalized the deal to sell the company to Tom Barrack and Ronald Tutor of Filmyard Holding, and many have been wondering how the former Brat Pack and Brothers & Sisters star would fit into the equation, and if he has a place with the studio bigwigs!

Producer Nathan Folks seems to think so, and says:

“As a long-time actor, Lowe knows what is crucial in making the difference between a film being ‘superb’ versus just ‘good.' Thus, an actor develops great insight from being where ‘the rubber hits the road’ because he takes into account the production and direction culminated over the years into a final product. Rob will make a great asset to Miramax.”

Matt Atchity of RottenTomatoes.com agrees:

“In the beginning, it’s going to be a lot of introductions with the people he’s working with and the people he knows, trying to get projects started. It’ll be along the lines of introducing writers and producers he knows to directors he knows and vice versa, and just getting people in rooms together and brainstorming."

“He might be reading scripts, or he might be going down to sets. It doesn’t sound like he will be giving up acting so I can’t imagine he will be a steady fixture on sets, but by the same token, he has worked for over 30 years in the industry and he has experience as a successful actor and knows what’s going on, on both television and movie sets. He easily could be down on the set to make sure things are happening correctly.”

Inneresting!

What do U think?? Is Rob's experience as an actor going to help him or is he completely out of his league??

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Disney Sells Miramax For $660 MILLION!

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It's a done deal!

Disney announced yesterday that they have sold Miramax Films to Filmyard Holdings LLC - and its partners Ron Tutor and Tom Barrack - for a whopping $660 million!

The deal should go through sometime between September and January of 2011.

Disney President and CEO Bob Iger says:

"Although we are very proud of Miramax's many accomplishments, our current strategy for Walt Disney Studios is to focus on the development of great motion pictures under the Disney, Pixar and Marvel brands. We are delighted that we have found a home for the Miramax brand and Miramax's very highly regarded motion picture library.”

And Ron Tutor elaborates:

“I am delighted and honored to acquire the Miramax library. On behalf of my partners Tom Barrack and Colony Capital, we look forward to sharing this high quality content with the world in every form of media for many years to come.”

Big switch up! We wonder what this will mean for Miramax and its current employees!

What do U think??

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Rob Lowe Vs. The IRS

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The IRS has filed a $269,965 tax lien against former West Wing star Rob Lowe and his wife Sheryl Berkoff. That’s right, Rob, even aspiring movie moguls have to pay their taxes.

Here’s what Rob’s publicist Alan Nierob had to say on the subject:

“I checked with my client and he knows nothing whatsoever about this and has not been contacted by anyone in reference to this matter.”

We still are laughing at you believe in you, Rob! Taxes are for losers anyway.

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